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Coming out as a major blow to Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified by the Supreme Court making him the only working Prime Minister to be sacked over corruption charges. After announcing the decision the court also asked the accountability court to file case against Sharif.

The verdict came in after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which probed the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif’s family assets had recommended reopening 15 cases against Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.

As per a Pakistani daily, out of all the 15 cases registered against the Pakistan PM, 3 were registered during the 1994 and 2011 tenures of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and 12 during President Pervez Musharraf regime, soon after he toppled the Sharif government in the October 1999 military coup.

In 1999, Sharif family’s four London apartments were also among the investigations started by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

However, it’s not Nawaz Sharif alone who faces charges as his family have also been accused by the Panama Papers over owning expensive residential property in London through a string of offshore companies.

Apart from Sharif, his 3 children — Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz — have been accused of money laundering and other charges. Following Nawz Sharif’s dismissal, the Court also ordered an investigation against his family.

On July 4, Nawaz Sharif’s elder son Hussain Nawaz appeared before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for the 6th time in connection with Panama Papers probe into the assests owned by the family.

Notably, the apex court has also sacked Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after he held guilty by the JIT. Ishaq Dar who is also is also father-in-law of Nawaz Sharif’s younger daughter.

Dar was the eighth member of the extended Sharif family to be summoned.

Nawaz Sharif’s Party leader might also be coming under the scanner as after examining the report, the bench ordered the transcripts of all speeches made in the last 60 days in order to examine them for contemptuous content.

First Published | 28 July 2017 1:45 PM
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